Crime

With camera watching, babysitter hit and abused 3-month-old girl, prosecutors say

A surveillance camera caught footage of a day-care provider repeatedly hitting, smothering and shaking a 3-month-old girl left in her care, court records show.

A 28-year-old Kent woman is charged with second-degree child assault and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. She is set to be arraigned Tuesday (July 17).

King County prosecutors requested a no-contact order preventing the woman from being around any child, including her own 7-month-old.

“The defendant’s behavior is so egregious any child is in danger around her,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place in April and May at the woman’s home, where she watched the baby for pay.

Court documents give this account:

The woman’s fiance called 911 on May 18 after the 3-month old had a seizure and stopped breathing. The girl was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, where doctors found bruising, fractures and brain trauma.

The fiance allegedly admitted to bruising the infant’s face by pinching her cheeks too hard. The day-care provider allegedly admitted to occasionally shaking the girl.

“The defendant was captured on video repeatedly striking, shaking, throwing, punching and yelling at the defenseless infant,” records show.

“The state is extremely concerned that the defendant carried out these assaults knowing that she had a video system recording.”

Video footage shows the day-care provider throwing the baby on the couch, carrying her by her arm or upside down, hitting her in the face and pushing her head into the couch with a hand over her face, records show.

Her fiance allegedly would pinch the infant’s nose when she cried.

“It was only a matter of time before the trauma would have killed the child,” said a doctor asked to consult on the case.

Permanent injuries to the baby are unknown but medical providers said it is likely the child will experience developmental delays.

The day-care provider has prior convictions for criminal solicitation, escape and third-degree theft.

Stacia Glenn; 253-597-8653
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